Meet Our Team

Executive Director
Tiffany Jackson

Tiffany Jackson | tiffany@bomlafriends.org

Tiffany Jackson graduated from the University of North Texas (Denton) with a BA in Public Relations. She is a dynamic and motivated professional with a passion for connecting people. Her experience includes grant writing, community partnership development, project management, designing educational strategies, fundraising, and coaching individuals.

Tiffany has advocated for real-world experiences and equitable learning opportunities for youth for more than a decade. It is exciting for her when she can help young creatives discover their spark, passion, and unique rhythm. Tiffany brings a wealth of experience as the former Director of Education at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center. Under her leadership, she expanded the reach of the arts education program to include PatioLive! – an engaging arts education workshop for older adult learners, the Teen Advisory Council for 14-18-year-olds, and the Girls of Color Discovering STEAM program for girls ages 13-18. She has also trained and developed new teaching artists throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area through ongoing professional development.

Tiffany is a former community site manager for Big Thought; there, she found her roots in the use of all forms of art to impact the lives of middle school students.

Whenever Tiffany is not cultivating new partnerships at work, she volunteers to help the marginalized in her community. Her community service work has been recognized by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and community advocate Edna Pemberton. The Unsung Hero Award for Excellence in Art was presented to Tiffany by Alpha Kappa Alpha in 2020.

She is excited about her new role as the Executive Director of FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA) and looks forward to impacting lives, building relationships, and providing funding support for the future husbands, fathers, and leaders of BOMLA.

Tiffany Jackson


Tiffany Jackson - Executive Director
College Bound Advisor

Misty Williams, M.ED. | misty@bomlafriends.org

Born in Dallas, Texas, Misty Williams is a product of Dallas Independent School District. After graduating from H. Grady Spruce High School, Misty continued her education at the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies and two master’s degrees—one in Higher Education and another in School Counseling.

Misty began her professional journey as an academic advisor at University of Texas at Dallas. It was during her time at UT-Dallas that Misty decided she could make a greater impact on students’ academic trajectory by working with younger age groups. The transition to K-12 brought Misty to Cedar Hill ISD for three years, then later as a middle school counselor for the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.

Misty Williams has led the College Bound Advisory Program for the FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy since its inception in 2018. Through her efforts, our young men secure over $1 million dollars annually in scholarships and grants.

Misty Williams, M.Ed.


Misty Williams, M.Ed. - College Bound Advisor
Development Assistant

Christopher Avila | chris@bomlafriends.org

Chris Avila is a fundraising assistant, supporting grantmaking efforts and philanthropic advising services. Chris comes to FRIENDS of BOMLA from Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) focusing  on economic security, working closely with agencies participating in the Working Families Success Network to better support working families in North Texas.

Before joining FREINDS of BOMLA in 2021, Chris supported the philanthropy department at CFT as a student intern and full-time Philanthropy Fellow. In his new role at FRIENDS, Chris will focus on grant writing, research and communications.

Chris holds a bachelor’s in business administration with a focus on fundraising and philanthropy from Paul Quinn College.

Christopher Avila


Christopher Avila - Development Assistant